Dem lawmaker announces protests against Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy

Dem lawmaker announces protests against Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy
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Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOvernight Health Care — Presented by The Partnership for Safe Medicines — FDA restricts sales of flavored e-cigs | Proposes ban on menthol in tobacco | Left wants vote on single-payer bill in new Congress | More than 12k lost Medicaid in Arkansas The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — House, Senate leaders named as Pelosi lobbies for support to be Speaker Left wants a vote on single-payer bill in new Congress MORE (D-Wash.) on Monday said major demonstrations are in the works for June 30 to protest President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ MORE's "zero tolerance" policy that separates immigrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"We are absolutely ready to have a mass mobilization," Jayapal said on MSNBC. "We see the outrage and we see that this has to be taken right to the White House, right to Donald Trump to stop the family separations."

She said one of the protests will take place at 11 a.m. outside the White House and that rallies will be held across the country that same day.


The rallies, known as the #FamiliesBelongTogether protests, will be co-led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance and MoveOn, both of which have partnered with hundreds of other groups, according to Jayapal.

“The end game is really to say, ‘This is about Trump,’” Jayapal said. “He would love to make this about — and you just quoted him — about Democrats. He would love to make this about legislation that has to be passed.”

Jayapal's announcement comes amid Democratic and Republican criticism over a Trump administration policy that separates families illegally crossing into the U.S. About 2,000 children were separated from their parents between mid-April and the end of May, according to The Associated Press.

Trump and administration officials have defended the policy, and the president has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the policy's existence. He ramped up his attacks on Tuesday, tweeting that Democrats are the problem.

"They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13," Trump tweeted.